But Shawn Moran, vice president of the union that represents border agents, the National Border Patrol Council, says that is not the case.
Rather than spending millions hiring and training 20,000 new agents, it makes more sense to properly fund the existing force to bring the border patrol up to 100% staffing for current agents, he said. That alone would be the equivalent of 5,000 new agents.
Calls for increased technology, from sensors to unmanned aerial vehicles are nice, but they are just tools, Moran said. It takes an agent to make an arrest, he said.
"We appreciate the sentiment, but we think (the immigration bill) has to be tweaked a bit," he said.